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Safe To Drink

An investigation into a nation-wide health and environmental catastrophe.


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  • DIRECTOR Katrina McGowan

  • PRODUCER Janine Hosking



An investigation into a nation-wide health and environmental catastrophe leads to one of the most powerful multi national companies in the world.

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87.61% funded
  • $300,000.00

  • $262,824.62

  • September 2021

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Shark Island Foundation $262,824.62

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

PFAS contamination of the environment and the human health consequences in Australia and worldwide.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

This documentary seeks to expose the truth about the PFAS contamination in Australia . We hope that the film will lead to awareness and accountability regarding the health consequences of PFAS.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

To raise awareness of the plight of the Wreck bay Community who have had their land, sacred sites and health contaminate and to apply pressure on the Government and Defence Force to take action on the issue rather than continue to deny the reality of the situation and by doing so, leave communities at risk.

As it stands, despite conclusive studies overseas, the Australian Government maintains there are no health risks from PFAS exposure. Another outcome we hope to achieve through the documentary, and Carrie’s investigation research will also challenge this stance on the health effects of PFAS and prove that communities such as Wreck Bay who have had exposure to PFAS over long periods of time have higher rates of illnesses associated with PFAS contamination. Through doing this, the Government will be forced to address the issue of the health impacts on communities and ultimately, we hope, provide greater support for the communities who have been effected.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

We have devised several pathways to audnece for this film and we feel the partnershipw wht the Sydney Morning Herald will open up marketing and promotion opprtunites as their lead journalist on this subject is featured onthe documentary. Within the film we will be conducting blood tests and environment tests enabling the truth of PFAS contamination to be revealed.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

The partnership with Shark Island and Caledonia Foundation will allow a strong relationship with Voxdocs platform with the Sydney Morning Herald. The natural synergy between SMH as being a part of Nine Entertainment has opened up access to Stan commissioning the documentary.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

Awareness of the issue of PFAS is our main aim for the documentary and to hopefully ignite public outrage. With this awareness comes pressure on Governments to take action and our ultimate hope is for a much more comprehensive action plan from the Government on how they will deal with the nation-wide issue of PFAS and effectively compensate and assist communities who are currently struggling with the ongoing contamination of their land

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

The indicator of success for us will be the impact of the documentary when it is released. We are on a campaign for accountability and we empower that by shining a light on this subject it will help the communities and individuals affected by PFAS contamination .